P&O International's roots trace back to 1837 making it the oldest passenger cruise line in the world. It now boasts 8 stunning ships that sail all over the world. Relax and unwind to a traditional cruising experience on the Aurora or Oriana. Britannia, Azura, Ventura, Oceana and Arcadia enthusiastically receive families of all ages entailing children's clubs, entertainment and age specific activities such for adventurers aged 2-17. On board P&O ships there is entertainment for everybody like West End performances, comedy shows, nightclubs and dance classes. Just like all the onboard meals, the entertainment is also included in the fare allowing you to enjoy without a worry about the costs.
Indulge in the cuisine of celebrity chefs like Marco Pierre or relax in the onboard spa. When it comes to venturing out P&O International has a wide variety of shore excursions allowing you to embrace an African safari or swim with dolphins. No matter which cruise you choose, P&O International promises an unforgettable getaway.
The dress code on P&O International cruises varies depending on the cruise. Themed cruises may require a certain dress code as well as cruises with black tie events. However, casual permeates the majority of sailings even those that may require certain dress codes for certain events.
Smoking on board P&O cruises is allowed only in designated outside smoking areas, this applies to e-cigarettes too, even ones that emit no smoke. Please be aware that e-cigarettes are prohibited in some countries, like the United Arab Emirates, taking an e-cigarette on shore, you may be facing a penalty.
There are two types of evening wear that will be expected during your cruise: evening casual and black tie. Once you book your cruise, you will be informed about the number of formal nights on that particular sailing. Fancy dress and novelty clothing items are called for at theme and seasonal parties, like Halloween and Christmas only. Any clothing with offensive language, images or slogans is prohibited on board.
Dining on board, you will have a great variety of delicious, fresh food to choose from. Go with classic British dishes, your favourite international cuisine or food inspired by the destinations you are visiting. Kids’ supper is served early, so you can enjoy more quality family time at the table. There are options that are included in the price, like the Buffet, the Grab-and-Go, Poolside Grill and Pizzeria, the Quays, Chef’s Table and Afternoon Tea. If you feel like having a special night to spoil your loved ones, select one of the specialty eateries that come at an extra cost. There is the Ocean Grill, the Epicurean, the Sindhu, the Glass House and many more.
All P&O ships offer a fantastic variety of groundbreaking entertainment, where every member of your group will find something they’ll love. You will enjoy mind-blowing musical and theatre productions, like the ‘Official Take That Musical’ on board the brand new Arvia. Every ship has its own programme that won’t disappoint, ‘4 Poofs and a Piano’ on the Britannia will provide you with a rollercoaster of emotions, the stunts and tricks of the ‘Creativiva’ masters on board the Iona will have you gasping. You will be dancing at the onboard nightclubs, gambling at the Casinos, watching great movies on a giant screen, participating in quizzes and talent shows, playing sports, shopping and generally, having buckets of fun.
Pampering the body and soul is what a cruise holiday is about. Book a treatment at the Oasis Spa – the onboard haven of pampering and relaxation. You will find premium facials, massages, manicures, hair styling and more inside. Once done, go out on to the terrace, the Retreat and relax with a glass of bubbly. The stylish quiet area, Serenity Pool and Bar will also provide the much-needed rest in the company of adults only.
If you are into staying fit during your cruise, check out the well-equipped onboard gym, where you can choose to perfect your own routine or take fitness classes led by professional trainers. There are sport courts available for tennis, football, cricket and basketball.
Please note that the Aurora and the Arcadia are reserved exclusively for adults. The rest of the fleet boasts heaps of kids and family entertainment, activities and amenities. Kids of 2 to 17 years of age will be making friends, playing age-appropriate games and enjoying special events at the four free clubs, divided according to age groups. Every ship will offer slightly different amenities and programmes, but the one thing they all have in common are the highly qualified and enthusiastic Rangers that look after your children.
The Buffet Restaurant offers early children’s supper, the menu is simple and features dishes like Margherita pizzas, poached salmon, ice cream and fruit jellies. Family friendly accommodation includes quad share cabins and inter-connecting staterooms.
P&O Cruises offers the following inclusions on board its ships: